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Translation of an article posted on the famous daily newspaper "Libération" ( similar to "The times" )
05 November 2011
Medication, diagnosis… A practitioner denounces abuses in psychiatry on the other side of the Atlantic.
OCD, ADHD, PDD (obsessive-compulsive disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders)... This is how the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM) understands the human psyche. Whereas a fifth version of this book is to be published in the United-States in 2012, Professor Maurice Corcos, a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, gives in Man according to DSM an alert on the dangers of this system in which a “psy-machine” label the patients. A salutary reading, even though its inventory of current abuses in psychiatry on the other side of the Atlanticsends chills down your spine.
Denying the importance of the transgenerational, socio-cultural and individual history of the subject, the DSM does not take into account subjectivity. Its “hatred of the fluid” (Bergson) makes it unable to understand the moving essence of the psyche and reifies it, which results in many therapeutic disasters. The DSM sees in problems of adolescents the seeds of schizophrenia or bipolar disorders, eligible for an early preventive therapy with serious side-effects that confines the subject in a morbid logic. This is a real boon for some. If the DSM “experts” prove themselves unable to provide a deeper understanding of the subject, however they are “willing and able to team up with pharmaceutical laboratories on financial grounds”, Prof. Corcos denounces: to expand the spectrum of mental disorders (354 disorders have been “discovered” between 1987 and 1994) to benefit from an even more lucrative business market.
The ideology that underlies the DSM system is pervaded by “economism”, by “hegemonic universalism” and by individualism, dedicated to an ideal of performance and adaptation that privileges the exclusion of “losers”, the author explains. Reduced to a mere attitude, if not a mere automatism, man is downgraded to the level of an animal, and soon will be dragged down to the level of a robot. However, at a time when market economy faces a deep crisis, the author finds a reason to believe : “What if this stock exchange of human values would collapse?”